Jones to assist Bulls for Super 14



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Former Australia and Saracens coach Eddie Jones will meet with the Vodacom Bulls’ coaching staff on Monday and Tuesday in Pretoria to provide a strategic overview of the team’s plans and preparations.

Jones’ involvement with the Bulls is limited to strategic rather than on field coaching and after his visit on 14 and 15 January he will again team up with the Bulls’ coaching staff prior to their departure to Australia and New Zealand.

Jones will meet with Frans Ludeke and his assistants for a third time after the overseas’ leg of their Super 14 campaign.

Jones was recently appointed as Saracens’ Director of Rugby and his review with the coaches will cover the Bulls’ playing philosophy, training methodology, attack, defence, set pieces, break down, job roles and job descriptions as well as game planning.

According to Ludeke Jones’ input will stimulate the system at the Bulls and he will undoubtedly kindle his and his assistants’ minds.

The Vodacom Bulls’ wing and IRB Player of the Year Bryan Habana says on the Bulls website that Jones did a marvelous job with the Springboks at the World Cup.

“Everybody is talking about Eddie and his role with the Boks and I can honestly say he was of immense help to us. No one really knew what to expect from him, but he fitted in without any problems and he was always available and eager to help us or give us advice.

“He did not change our way of play and he did not try to persuade us to play Australian rugby. He worked on our basics and helped us to maximize our strengths.

“I think because of all his experience and what he has achieved in the past he took a lot of the pressure off Jake White and he was just a great guy to have in the team.”

Habana was so grateful to Jones that he gave his Blazer to Jones after the Springbok administration said that Jones would not be permitted to wear the blazer.

Interestingly the company that owns 50% of the Bulls Union SAIL is said to be in talks with Eddie Jones’ club Saracens where they will invest in Saracens to the tune of a rumoured ’10 million and Saracens will become a home for South Africans in England.

We wonder if anyone has registered the name “Safracens” yet?




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